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Avios closing down its South African programme – what happens to your points?

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Avios Group has announced that its South African programme is closing on 31st May 2019.

As with the closure of Avios Travel Rewards Programme in the UK, members are being encouraged to open a British Airways Executive Club account and transfer their balance.  Members will also be able to transfer points to Kulula, the South African low cost carrier, and use them for a discount on a future flight.

This appears to be a messier process than the closure of the UK scheme.  Whilst the UK scheme was almost a straight transfer to BAEC with few partner losses, South African residents are losing virtually all of their collection opportunities.  Partnerships including BP South Africa and the Pick n Pay supermarket chain, as well as the Avios credit card in SA, are being wound down.

It isn’t clear if there will still be any way of collecting Avios via Kulula flights in South Africa after 31st May.

You can find out more details on the Avios South Africa site here.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2022)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

50,000 points bonus until 2nd October – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (92)

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  • Alan says:

    OT Morrisons – 10p/L petrol discount not generated by petrol purchase, 8k points bonus coupon from checkout also not generated. On the upside they have some new self scan machines that are like the ones often seen at M&S food and don’t have scales, so have just bought 10x £25 Netflix and 2x£100 Amazon to make use of 10% off Amex offer and took only seconds to do so 🙂

  • Shoestring says:

    O/T reports elsewhere that doing online check-in for all those Iberia flights you’re not going to take still generates tier points and Avios (for flight not flown).

    Could be wrong/ clawed back/ a one-off – certainly seems intuitively incorrect – but must be worth a go.

    • tom1 says:

      can you add your BAEC account number?

    • meta says:

      It might become a problem if you have 10 no-shows and they somehow flag this for your actual redemption flights. It might be ok for one or two, but I wouldn’t do it for all of them.

    • Tracy says:

      I’ve checked in for a couple of no-shows, no avios or tier points for me…..

  • Jonathan says:

    Very OT, does anyone have any experience of emirates my family – pooling of skywards miles? Does it work like the ba family account?

  • Bonglim says:

    O/T travelling out of ORD today – from terminal 5 (BA business class)
    Wondering which lounge it the best to choose (Have priority pass?)
    It’s my first time in Chicago.
    Thanks!

  • DV says:

    My Iberia account is -90,000 avios! Moved them to baec

  • Nigel Williams says:

    OT – Rob – has H4P heard of any plans for the newly revised Amex Gold / Rose Gold to come over to the UK?

    The new revamped cost / rewards look quite decent, especially for those that already carry a Plat for lounge access etc.

    • Rob says:

      No, and I am not convonced it will happen. We never got a metal Plat card, monthly Plat Uber credit etc.

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